CWA names Agatha Christie 'best ever' crime author

The Crime Writers Association (CWA) has named Agatha Christie as the "best ever" crime author, in a poll conducted to celebrate the Association's 60th birthday.

Christie's 1926 novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, one of the first novels to feature Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, was named as the best crime novel in the poll, which canvassed the views of CWA members, made up of professional crime writers.

Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was named the greatest ever crime series.

Alison Joseph, chair of the CWA, said Christie's win was well-deserved:"With her elegant precision and her perfect sense of place, she is still our most popular crime author."

The results of the poll were announced at an event last night (5th November) at Foyles in London.